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WisPolitics.com: May 2 `Future of Wisconsin Transportation Funding' event features Congressman Petri, expert panel


WISCONSIN DELLS -- Across-the-board federal budget cuts, an uncertain congressional budget process, and pressure on the state Transportation Fund have raised concerns about long-term funding of transportation initiatives in Wisconsin.

To hear an in-depth discussion of the issue, come to a May 2 WisPolitics.com luncheon at the Wintergreen Conference Center just off the Interstate at the Wisconsin Dells.

Registration for the public event would begin at 11 a.m. with lunch at 11:30 a.m.. Then, a noontime address by Congressman Tom Petri, R-Wisconsin, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.

Following the congressman's address, a panel discussion on short- and long-term state transportation issues would be convened. The focus would be on a recent report from the Wisconsin Commission on Transportation Finance and Policy and the long-term health of the state transportation fund.

Panel participants are:
--State Rep. Keith Ripp, chairman of the Assembly Transportation Committee;
--State Rep. Penny Bernard Schaber, member, Assembly Transportation Committee;
--Craig Thompson, executive director, Transportation Development Association;
--Dave Cieslewicz, former mayor of Madison and adjunct professor in urban & regional planning and political science at UW-Madison.

The panel discussion would go until 1:15 p.m. and then the event would conclude.

Sponsors include the Wisconsin Counties Association and the Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association.

The price for lunch and the program is $18.

Pre-registration required through this payment form (put "May 2 Dells Transpo" in the "purpose of payment" line):

If you have questions, please contact Colin Schmies: schmies@wispolitics.com

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